Today, we're chatting with one of our neighbors! Pj Jacokes is an actor/writer/director & co-founder of GO! Comedy Improv Theater! We talk about how to be funny on the fly, how to sustain a small business for 12+ years, what it's like being an improv artist in a pandemic, and also, we talk about GO!'s long-running Detroit Improv Festival...., which...., sadly, is canceled this year. But, if you want to find out more, click here: https://www.gocomedy.net/
Jo Angela Oehrli is the Learning Librarian, and Children's Literature Librarian, at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In 2017, she received an award from the American Library Association for her research and work on Information Literacy. This is the third installment of our ongoing series on the importance of our individual ability to assess the information we're encountering through various mediums on a daily basis.
Discussed in this episode:
Information on Reading Laterally.
2016 Stanford History Education Group Study
More info on Jo Angela Oehrli
The next installment of our ongoing series addressing Information Literacy features WDET's Jake Neher and Shriaz Ahmed. Neher is a reporter/producer who works with 'Detroit Today,' and covers Michigan's political scene, while Ahmed is the radio station's Engagement Editor & Digital Content Editor. We covered the prevalence of confirmation bias, the S.I.F.T. method for spotting fake news, and the daily discipline reporters have to practice regarding the objective framing of a story.
To follow the work of Neher and Ahmed, go to www.wdet.org
As mentioned in the introduction to this show, we have links for more info on the S.I.F.T. Method
Raylon Leaks-May is a Ferndale City Council Member, Mayor Pro Tem, and, as you'll hear--a big fan of libraries! She recently collaborated with our Youth Services Librarians to host a civics-focused conversation with high school students and answer questions about public service, local government, community volunteering, etc. Leaks-May has been a Ferndale resident for twenty-five years, serving in a variety of instrumental professional roles within the community.
Annie Spence is a Detroit-based author AND LIBRARIAN. Her first book, "Dear Fahrenheit 451," was published in 2017 (Macmillan/Flatiron), and it features love letters & break-up notes to books that Spence established "intense relationships" with over the years. She has spent more than a decade working as a librarian in public libraries in the midwest. So we talked about several things, like what it was like to be a librarian during quarantine, what she's working on lately (a novel?), her all-time favorite books, and also why it is that, when compared to other art forms, we connect with books and reading in such a deep and nuanced way. Sometimes those connections are so intense as to warrant legitimate love letters.